Brewery News

St George’s Beer Festival

Save the date

In honour of England’s Patron Saint and to celebrate St George’s Day (a day early),  the brewery’s first Beer Festival of 2017 will be on Saturday 22nd April 10.30am – 5pm.

All beer will be £2 per pint and a good range of Brentwood and Elephant School beers will be available.  Hurrah for St George!

On the beer list you will find George and the Dragon 3.8% ABV, brewed to celebrate St George’s Day.  It’s a courageous, brown, traditional bitter – the beer of choice for  dragon slayers everywhere.

In case you haven’t visited us before, we’re at Calcott Hall Farm, off Ongar Road.

Tweet us @BrentwoodBrewCo if you’re looking forward to joining us for the St George’s Day Beer Festival.

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Top Day Out

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be a brewer for the day, let one of our happy Brewery Experience Day customers, Ian Challis, tell you about it.  He visited the brewery last week:

“I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you and your team for a great day yesterday.

“My Dad and I visited you for an Experience Day and had a brilliant time.  We were both made to feel very welcome and got very involved in helping produce a batch of your Chocwork Orange.  We really enjoyed the whole time we were there.

“Thanks again for an excellent day,” said Ian.

On your Brewery Experience Day you can brew your own beer with the team and learn about the processes as you go.  You’ll be treated to a pint and lunch too.  Then one week   later,  you can take home 18 pints of what you made.  This is a full day experience and makes an ideal gift for any beer lover or you could treat yourself, if you like.  A Brewery Experience Day at Brentwood Brewery costs £99 per person.

For more details or bookings please call us on 01277 200 483 or book online:

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Gold for Best

Brentwood Best is … Best Best of East Anglia!

Brentwood Brewery is proud and delighted to learn that Brentwood Best 4.2% ABV has scooped a Gold medal in the prestigious CAMRA Champion Beer of East Anglia Awards in the Best Bitters category.

Following several rounds of blind tasting by a CAMRA panel, judging concluded at Colchester Winter Beer Festival, where the announcement was made.

It means Brentwood Best has a chance in CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain competition which is held at the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia in August.


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Our Fab Feb DrinkedIn Offers

February Free Points Giveaway & 20% Discount Offer

Our free points giveaway this month means members of the brewery’s loyalty reward scheme will receive enough points to enjoy a 20% discount off their beer shopping from the Brewery Shop or online, for one transaction during February.  That works out at one in five beers for free.

This February, sign-up to our loyalty reward scheme, operated by us in conjunction with DrinkedIn, supply your name, email address and mobile phone number then load your Brentwood Brewing Company loyalty pass onto your phone and we’ll give you 75 free points.

All you need to do is put this address: into your internet browser then put the information in.  Then follow the simple instructions.  Easy.

Next add the Loyalty pass when prompted and it will appear in your iPhone Wallet or Android WalletPasses.  If you haven’t got WalletPasses it can be downloaded from Google Play.

We’ll give you points every time you shop with us online or in the Brewery shop.  You choose how to use your points.

Your loyalty pass is stored in your smart phone’s wallet.  If you’d rather save up for other offers, you can.  For instance, for a thousand points can be exchanged for an Ultimate Brewing Experience Voucher for 2018 worth at least £99.

Already a member of our loyalty scheme?  We couldn’t leave you out.  Of course we’re giving you 75 free points too, which means anyone in our loyalty scheme can enjoy a one-off 20% discount at Brentwood Brewery this February.



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Ways to Get More Loyalty Reward Points

Refer a friend to our DrinkedIn loyalty reward scheme and we’ll give you 25 points once they’ve earned 25 points from their own Brentwood Brewery purchases.

If you flip your pass by pressing the i button on the bottom right of your pass, then select ‘check for new offers’ you’ll see all the brewery’s available offers.

To join Brentwood Brewery’s loyalty reward scheme,  just put this address into your mobile phone internet browser and follow the simple instructions:



Ye Olde Smack

February Pub of the Month – Ye Olde Smack, Leigh on Sea

In its distant past Ye Olde Smack in Leigh on Sea was a hive of smuggling activity.  Reputedly, tunnels running underneath the pub aided smugglers by concealing movement of contraband, arriving in secrecy via the estuary.  Today this historic, traditional Great British pub remains a sociable, community hub and provides a year-round, warm welcome to everyone – families, fishermen, day trippers and locals.

Version 2“This pub is the beating heart of Old Leigh.  It’s always at the centre of whatever’s going on.

“Old Leigh is a great place for a day out.  The pub is less than ten minutes’ walk from the train station.  There’s lots of history.  The cockle sheds, our heritage centre and the seafront, along which you can walk all the way into Southend,” said Manager Maz Handy.


Situated on Old Leigh’s cobbled High Street, directly on the waterfront, the pub boasts beautiful, ever-changing views of the estuary which can be enjoyed from the pub’s rear terrace or on cold, inclement days, from behind glass and the comfort of indoors.

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A Greene King pub, Ye Olde Smack offers beer drinkers plenty of choice.  There are eight traditional real ales on tap.  The house beer, Ye Olde Smack Ale 3.7% ABV, is brewed to the pub’s specifications at Brentwood Brewery.

Assistant Manager Sonja Oldham is responsible for the cellar and keeping all the ale in best possible condition.  The pub holds the Cask Marque Award for selling great quality real ales.

“I’ve been running the cellar for about eighteen months now and it’s the best part of my job!

“I like to have a variety of ales, from IPA’s to porters, so there’s a taste for every palette.

“I always keep Ye Olde Smack Ale available.  It has become one of our most popular ales.  Our guests love the fact it’s brewed locally by Brentwood Brewery, a very well-respected and well-known name.  Greene King IPA is also always on tap.  I’m lucky to be able to obtain a wide selection of guest ales too which I usually keep on for two weeks,” said Sonja.

The menu celebrates classic pub fayre and offers diners many options.  From lighter meals like sandwiches, smaller plates and baked potatoes to hearty traditional meals and desserts.  On Sundays roast dinners are available throughout the day.

There are proper, award-winning pies but most requested and synonymous with the seaside, has to be fish and chips.  Chunky, hand-battered cod with chips, peas (mushy available) and tartare sauce costs £11.99.  A wholesome plate already but you can big it up.  Their ultimate fish and chips comes with the addition of pickled onions, bread and butter as well as curry sauce at £13.99.  Scampi fans, your favourite dish comes with chips, peas and tartare sauce and costs £8.99.

Also popular is the 8oz matured Black Angus rump steak served with grilled tomato, chips, onion rings and peas £12.99.

Their burger menu is varied and very interesting.  Choices include chicken.  Also a vegetarian red and black bean Mexican burger as well as an attention-catching Dirty Burger which comes with chilli con carne (£11.99).   All are served with fries and coleslaw.

Be prepared to make some new canine acquaintances, especially at weekends, as this is a dog-friendly pub which gets mentions on and  In Autumn bird watchers flock here too, keen to observe migrating Dark-Bellied Brent Geese feeding on Eelgrass in the estuary.

“Geese, having travelled from Siberia, come to Leigh October/November time in their thousands and people specifically come down to see them,” added Maz.

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Ye Olde Smack is an ideal venue for relaxing, recharging and enjoying a fine pint and great food.  In winter you can warm up by one of three open, log fires.  In summer you could choose something from the barbecue or just enjoy alfresco dining in the courtyard or rear terrace, looking out over the estuary.  Time your visit right on a Friday or Saturday night and you can enjoy live music.  Or Thursday evenings, join in quiz night.

Old Leigh’s events calendar is chock-full with things to do and see.  In the summer there is the cockle season, (dates vary each year) the folk festival (22nd – 25th June) the regatta (usually September), and maritime festival (usually August).

Beer & Food Match Suggestion:

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A pint of Brentwood-brewed Ye Olde Smack Ale 3.7% ABV, pairs perfectly with chunky, hand-battered cod fillet with garden or mushy peas and tartare sauce £11.99.

Ye Olde Smack, 7 High Street, Leigh on Sea, Essex, SS9 2EN.  01702 476 765

Open daily from noon.  Food served daily from noon.

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Quo To Rock Brentwood

Have you heard?  Headliners Status Quo may be veterans at Rockin All Over the World but this summer they’ll be rocking this borough at the 2017 Brentwood Festival.  The legendary rockers will take to the stage on Saturday 15th July.

As ever, Brentwood Brewery is proud to be a main sponsor of the popular, family friendly festival which runs 14th – 16th July at The Brentwood Centre.

We’re planning a Brentwood Festival competition in the near future, giving you the chance to win free tickets, so keep a look out in The Beery News, the brewery’s newsletter, for details.  Not signed up for Beery News?  Go to the brewery’s homepage to sign up now.

For more information about Brentwood Festival 2017 visit


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As a benefit to our loyal customers and devoted Brentwood Beer fans, Brentwood Brewery is pleased to introduce its new loyalty reward programme, DrinkedIn.

The scheme works on a free app on your mobile phone, rewarding you with a point for every pound you spend on Brentwood Beer online or in the Brewery Shop.  Points can be redeemed for great rewards like extra special discounts, brewery merchandise or if you save your points, a Brewery Experience Day that usually costs £99.

You will also receive updates about new beers and promotions so you can keep up to date with everything that’s happening at Brentwood Brewery.

It’s simple to join.  Just enter the url below into your smart phone web browser and follow the quick and easy instructions to get our DrinkedIn Loyalty Pass on your phone:

The information required is your name, email address and phone number.

You will find your Loyalty Pass in your Apple Wallet or Android WalletPasses.

A short brewery video production explaining ‘How To’  and what to do to install the free app, will be coming soon.

Our scheme is delivered by LoyaltyDog under their DrinkedIn brand.  See  for details about the loyalty programme company.

We are the first UK brewery to offer DrinkedIn’s loyalty programme.  Are you DrinkedIn yet?



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Fragile Xmas Fun

A big thank you to everyone who came along to support the brewery’s Christmas Beer Festival on Saturday, to launch Fragile Xmas Ale, enjoy good beer in the company of friends and to raise some funds for the Fragile X Society charity.

dsc_0146We would particularly like to thank The Mayor of Brentwood, Cllr Noelle Hones and Mayor’s Consort Cllr Jon Cloke for not only being our special VIP guests but also for all their hard work in helping us to raise money for the Fragile X Society.  The Mayor donated a giant teddy for a Guess The Name of the Bear competition and personally accompanied the bear around the brewery, gently persuading guests to take part by making a donation of £1 per guess.

Brentwood Brewery MD said:  “There was a jolly festive atmosphere here at the brewery on Saturday and we’re delighted that so many kind-hearted people came along to support our fund raising efforts for The Fragile X Society charity.

“We hope Fragile Xmas Ale will help to raise awareness of Fragile X Syndrome, a condition our grandson, Oakley, was diagnosed with last year.

“We’ve had interest and orders from across the globe for this special beer and we hope the donations we make for every pint and bottle sold will raise a good amount for the charity’s essential work.”

dsc_0185The brewery was also delighted to welcome The Fragile X Society’s  Chief Executive, Becky Hardiman and Sophie Kashi, in Fundraising and Communications.  The Essex-based national charity helps children and families with Fragile X Syndrome, a genetic condition and the most common inherited cause of learning disability.  As well as lending a hand behind the bar pulling a pint or two, the busy baking pair sold homemade mince pies and the society’s  Christmas cards.

Behind the bars were Roland and Debbie Kannor as well as Head Brewer Ethan and his wife Holly.  Also Shannon and Bill.  There was, of course, lots of Brentwood Christmas beer but one was destined to shine out more than the rest – Fragile Xmas Ale, which was launched with the Mayor’s help, atop Santa’s sleigh, borrowed from Brentwood Rotary Club for the event.  Brentwood Brewery has promised The Fragile X Society will receive a 10p donation for every bottle or pint of  Fragile Xmas Ale 4.3% ABV sold .

dsc_0147Getting the party started was Barleylands-based ukulele band, J-uke Box, playing a mixture of music from the 60s to the 80s as well as some well known festive tunes.  Thanks for coming along J-uke Box.

Santa popped in to pose for photos on his sleigh.  Among the children’s activities on offer, making Christmas decorations and colouring in were most popular.


Prizes for the raffle in aid of The Fragile X Society included beer, a brewery tour for two, a free range chicken from Berts butchers, a Mitchells Barbers gift voucher, a fruit basket from Calcott Hall Farm Shop and a back massage from Brush Hair and Beauty.  The brewery would like to thank everyone who kindly donated prizes.

Jaye and Chloe (wo)-manned the brewery’s mobile grill snack van and were kept super-busy serving tasty turkey and vegetarian curries and lots of chips to hungry guests.

Caroline Brown from Brentwood of Carob was on hand with some homemade cacao confections for everyone to try.  Some of the truffles Caroline makes contain the brewery’s Chockwork Orange – they are divine.

dsc_0196An auction was held by Head Brewer Ethan to sell off the last remaining bottle of Brentwood Special Reserve beer.  Two generous festival-goers dug deep into their pockets to donate £40 to The Fragile X Society for it.  Thanks go to Paul Stanford of Collier Row and Robert Butterfield from Basildon.

dsc_0203As for the giant teddy, one lucky toddler will soon have a new friend.  The clever bear raised £77 for the Fragile X Society.   Figgy was the winning name.  It was won by Ray Allington from Brentwood.  He knows his friend Gemma’s daughter, two year old Poppy, will gladly give Figgy a new home.

Thanks again to everyone who came along to celebrate Christmas with us.

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Fragile Xmas Ale

Fragile Xmas Ale is a Brentwood charity collaboration beer that has X-factor:

Brentwood Brewery is raising awareness of Fragile X Syndrome, a genetic condition which is the most common inherited cause of learning disability, with a special brew, Fragile Xmas Ale 4.3% ABV. This Brentwood beer will also be raising funds for the Essex-based national charity helping children and families with the syndrome. Charity, The Fragile X Society, will receive a 10p donation for every bottle or pint sold.

Fragile Xmas Ale 4.3% ABV will be launched on Saturday 10th December at Brentwood Brewery’s Christmas Beer Festival, taking place at the brewery 10.30am – 5pm. A full range of Brentwood Christmas real ales will also be available.


Version 3A few weeks ago little Oakley Kannor visited the brewery to supervise his Mum, Holly and Dad, head brewer, Ethan, brewing Fragile Xmas Ale in collaboration with The Fragile X Society’s Becky Hardiman and Sophie Kashi.

Holly said: “Last December our world was turned upside down when our son, Oakley, was diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome.

“Prior to Oakley’s diagnosis, Fragile X Syndrome was a condition that we had never heard of and believe, to this day, would still know nothing about.

“We would love to create awareness and at the same time, raise as much money as possible for The Fragile X Society, so that they can continue to provide much needed information and support to families like us.”

Fragile X Society chief executive Becky Hardiman said: “Without the support of our generous donors and supporters, such as Brentwood Brewing Company, the charity could not provide its unique and important service.

“People living with Fragile X and their families often have to battle to get their needs and their condition understood across education, health and social care services.

“We are the only UK organisation specialised in Fragile X. We are here to support and empower people with knowledge about the condition and strategies to help, so that each individual can get the right support for them.”

Fragile X Syndrome

Fragile X Syndrome affects 1 in 4000 males and 1 in 8000 females in the UK. It can cause a wide range of difficulties with learning as well as social, language, attentional, emotional and behavioural problems. These can include: short attention span, distractibility, impulsiveness, restlessness, over activity and sensory problems.

To differing degrees, learning disabilities occur in almost all boys with Fragile X Syndrome. Girls with the condition tend to have milder learning disabilities than boys or none at all. There are exceptions.

Strengths associated with Fragile X Syndrome include good imitation skills, visual learning and long term memories. People with Fragile X Syndrome are often described as having likeable personalities, being sensitive to others’ emotions and having a good sense of humour.

MD Roland Kannor said: “Please drink Fragile Xmas Ale generously. This is a cause very close to our family’s hearts.”

Running Shoes Are On

To further help raise awareness and funds for children with Fragile X Syndrome, Holly, Ethan, brothers Hal and Ralph Kannor and friends (Team Fragile But Agile) are planning to tackle the Brentwood Half Marathon next year as well as the Brighton Marathon. The Fragile X Society based in Great Dunmow is set to benefit from their fundraising efforts. For more details see their Just Giving Page: Agile

Fragile Xmas Ale is available to buy in bottles from the Brewery Shop.

Christmas Beer Festival Saturday 10th December

Everyone is welcome to join Roland and the brewery team at Brentwood Brewery on 10th December at the Christmas Beer Festival. All beer will be £2 per pint. There will be festive street food, served from the brewery’s mobile grill snack van, Beer Grylls, carol singing, live music and family activities to enjoy. Despite his hectic schedule, Santa has agreed to pop in.

For more information about Fragile X Syndrome: The Fragile X Society
01371 875 100

[email protected]

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Photo:  L-R: Sophie Kashi of The Fragile X Society, Ethan Kannor, head brewer, Brentwood Brewing Company, Holly Kannor and Oakley Kannor, Becky Hardiman, Chief Executive The Fragile X Society.